With more than 40 years of experience in the recorded music and interactive industries, Dick Wingate has been at the intersection of music and technology from its beginnings with in-store interactive systems, to the earliest music download services to the first mobile streaming applications.
DICK WINGATE is Principal, DEV Advisors (devadvisors.com), a digital entertainment consulting firm that provides expertise to service providers, app developers, content owners and investors, enabling companies to accelerate business development, content licensing, artist engagement and fund raising. Wingate has been at the forefront of music marketing, A&R and interactive technology from its’ beginnings with in-store systems, to the earliest online music download services to the first mobile streaming applications.
Wingate served as President, Media Development & Chief Content Officer for Nellymoser Inc, an early provider of streaming mobile application services, running content, licensing and business development strategy with clients such as Sony, Warner Music, MTV, AT&T, Virgin Mobile & ABC Television.
Wingate helped pioneer the digital music business from its infancy as SVP, Content Development at Liquid Audio, Inc, playing an integral role in their 1999 IPO. He was responsible for music licensing, label relations, affiliate management and content marketing and negotiated the first digital distribution catalogue deals with major record labels including Universal, Warner and EMI.
His in-depth experience in the recording industry included positions as SVP Marketing, Arista Records (BMG); SVP A&R PolyGram Records; Director. Talent Acquisition, Epic Records; and Director, Product Management, Columbia Records. He has been integrally involved with launching or developing the careers of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Peter Tosh, Eddy Grant, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Sarah McLachlan and Garland Jeffreys.
Wingate has spoken at industry events including the Music Business Association, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Music Tectonics, Mondo, Digital Hollywood, NY Media Festival, CTIA, Billboard Live, Digital Entertainment World, Business Week, New Music Seminar, CDO Summit, Jupiter Plug-In, CMJ, Midem, Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse, and has been featured in the Sunday NY Times Business section, on the front page of LA Times as well as quoted in the Wall St. Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, the NY Times Magazine and Billboard Magazine.
He started his career as Music and Program Director of WBRU-FM, Providence while at Brown University and has been granted Lifetime Membership with NARAS (Grammys).